NextGen: Get to Know RAND Experts and Ideas

The NextGen initiative connects rising policy leaders with RAND's people and ideas. We provide educational experiences and content that breaks down RAND research and analysis on today's most critical policy issues. Our main objective: cultivate leaders in the world of public policy.

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Our Programs and Policy Experiences

  • Rising Policy Leaders Dialogues: RAND experts lead engaging discussions on the world's toughest policy problems. These roundtables are held at our RAND offices, most frequently in Washington, D.C.
  • Interactive Learning Experiences: We partner with universities and other organizations and create custom interactive sessions, such as policy-focused games and virtual hackathons.
  • Leadership Intensives: With expertise in more than 350 disciplines, RAND creates policy-focused classes that sharpen attendees policy prowess and leadership skills.
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Past Projects and Experiences

  • RAND x Poynter: Custom Policy Education for Journalists

    RAND partners with the Poynter Institute to create innovative educational opportunities for journalists. Programming focuses on breaking down the policy research process and how critical policy issues affect the general public.

  • RAND, Pardee RAND, and AUCC Partner for Equity Hackathons

    By connecting emerging leaders of color from Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, and Spelman with experienced policy analysts from RAND and doctoral candidates from Pardee RAND Graduate School, the equity hackathon series run by the Pardee RAND Tech + Narrative Lab and RAND's NextGen Initiative spark a wide range of fresh insights and creative explorations.

  • Tackling Truth Decay

    Truth Decay is the declining role of facts and analysis in American life. In 2022, RAND launched an online campaign to help the public understand how this phenomenon works, its consequences, and what can be done to stop it.

  • RAND Art + Data: Artist Residency Program

    Through RAND Art + Data, four groundbreaking artists used RAND research as their inspiration for visual storytelling. The result is a novel form of data expression that challenges how we think about policy analysis.

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Learn More About RAND

We are nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

We solve the world’s toughest problems.

With more than 1,000 policy experts in 350 disciplines, RAND tackles the toughest policy challenges—from climate and energy, to inequality and equity, to emerging technology, and much more.

We educate the policy leaders of tomorrow.

RAND educates the policy leaders of tomorrow through the Pardee RAND Graduate School, which offers both master's and doctorate degrees in policy analysis. We also offer a Summer Associate Program.

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